California State Parks

The California Department of Parks and Recreation is happy to announce the recruitment cycle for the 2021 State Park Peace Officer Cadet Academy is now open!

You may mail your official application form and supplemental criminal questionnaire for the SPPO Cadet Exam beginning March 16 through June 17.

By mail:
Department of Parks and Recreation
Attention: Selections Unit/Jacques Carter
P.O. Box 942896
Sacramento, CA 94296-0001

Click below to view the official exam bulletins!

State Park Peace Officer Cadet (Ranger):

State Park Peace Officer Cadet (Lifeguard)

The selection process for entering into the State Park Peace Officer- Ranger/Lifeguard classification takes approximately 15-18 months.

Recruitment Timeline

• March 16: Applications accepted
• June 17: Applications deadline
• September: Physical Agility Test (PAT)
• October: POST written exam
• December - March: Background investigations
• May - August: Medical and psychological assessments
• October - June: Cadet Academy

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For questions, or to request a ride-along, contact the Recruitment Team at

Official Application Form (STD 678):

Supplemental Criminal Questionnaire: